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The Mermaid -- any more verses?

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aemayers@erols.com 12 Jan 99 - 10:06 PM
12 Jan 99 - 11:00 PM
Bruce O. 12 Jan 99 - 11:41 PM
Bruce O. 14 Jan 99 - 07:22 PM
SteveF (inactive) 15 Jan 99 - 08:31 AM
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Subject: The Mermaid -- any more verses?
From: aemayers@erols.com
Date: 12 Jan 99 - 10:06 PM

I have noted the verses included in the posted version of The Mermaid -- (It begins "Twas Friday morn when we set sail..." Those are the ones MY father taught me. But I wonder if there are still more, e.g. one that might begin "Then up spoke the first mate..."


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Subject: RE: The Mermaid -- any more verses?
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Date: 12 Jan 99 - 11:00 PM

Tape deck is on the fritz - but have heard MANY more verses - including "aerobics instructor" "cruise director" "navigator" "gunner" etc.

MMario


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Subject: RE: The Mermaid -- any more verses?
From: Bruce O.
Date: 12 Jan 99 - 11:41 PM

There are 14 verses in Child's A text (#289) from a chapbook of about 1765, but Child missed a text that was over a hundred years earlier, "The praise of Saylors here set forth", ZN221 in the broadside ballad index on my website. That has 22 verses.


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Subject: RE: The Mermaid -- any more verses?
From: Bruce O.
Date: 14 Jan 99 - 07:22 PM

I've added "The Praise of Sailors" to the Scarce Songs 2 file on my website, so you can compare to "The Mermaid". wwww.erols.com/olsonw


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Subject: RE: The Mermaid -- any more verses?
From: SteveF (inactive)
Date: 15 Jan 99 - 08:31 AM

I don't have any new verses for you, just an anecdote from my youth.

"The Mermaid Song" was sung regularly when I attended Scout camp in New Jersey many years ago. Most of the scouts lived in log cabins in the woods, but one unit resided in a large residence built to resemble a ship along side the shore of our lake. Aboard SHIP, as it was unpretentiously named, the routine followed a quasi-nautical regimen.

We all sang "The Mermaid Song" in the mess hall. It was essentially the same version found in the database. We sang it at a brisk pace. When we came to the last verse, however, the guys from SHIP would all rise to their feet, place their caps over their hearts, and solo the last verse in very solemn fashion:

Then three times around went our gallant ship,
And three times around went she
Three times around went our gallant ship
Then she sank to the bottom of the sea,

Then all of us would do the last chorus, "O the ocean waves..." It was quite amusing to visitors.

--SteveF


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